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I'll start this off by saying that if I had to choose a word for this next year on Vocal, it would be Discovery. Vocal has been my breakthrough for my writing. What I mean by that, is I have enjoyed writing since I can remember. As a child, and into my teens I loved writing poems and song lyrics, and eventually started writing fictional love stories. But then I became an adult, and that life hit me like a freight train. Writing fell on the back burner for many years, even though I still had a desire deep down to continue it. I always let life get in the way though. And then, in my early 30's I ran across the Vocal platform. A spark lit back up in me, just a small one though. Because unfortunately at the time I was stuck in an unhealthy addiction which consumed my time and energy. So I signed up for the yearly subscription, and started to write. And boy did I write, for several months in fact. But sadly a year down the road I looked at my progress, and all I had to show for it were a bunch of unfinished drafts. I was going through so much I didn't really have the ability or attention span to commit myself to what I so badly wanted to do. With that being said, and before I can talk about my goals and aspirations for this new year on Vocal, I need to give you a bit more insight into my past.
The Tithe The church has asked for your ten percent. There are the year end accounts to reconcile and requests on what to give in upcoming events, chances to volunteer to help the cause. The pessimist in me recounts the times in which I said I would give, even if only to myself, and came up short or lacking, missing a deadline or wanting another edit to the timeline so I could make room for the unrequited time. My ledger of lost opportunity looms above me like a ghost visiting my bedroom on Christmas Eve.
Reflections on Inspirations and Aspirations
I was planning to title this piece “My Aspiration for 2024 Is to Bug the Living Daylights Outta Vocal Until They Kick Me Off the Platform.”
Let's Change The World
For far too long, the world’s been enveloped by darkness. That’s the darker side of humanity, not a lack of sunlight. So many hope that it’ll change. What do you do to affect change in the world?
- Runner-Up in #200 Challenge
To the Many
To the early mornings and the feelings of a grey, heavy, ambience, where the guilt melts away with the falling rain. To the sound of the birds outside the window, tirelessly executing the exquisite concert of squawks. To my partner to be there by my side, still, loving me like he does, despite all the trouble I might be causing. To his heavy, beautiful arms resting on my waist until it hurts. To the smell of my sheets, lavishly soaked in orange and lavender. To the ten deep breaths and the perfect stillness without intrusive thoughts harassing my mind. To the split second between my feet and the timber floor, and standing there, ready for the world. To the curious potential, the day holds. To remembering that I am here only for a short visit and I might be called to leave at any time. May this year be filled with the charm of the mundane. I wish to stay present and awake, grateful, alive and at peace.
Today I can break down
Feeling lost when life is too much, what can you do? Alone, in the dark room, staring at the world via the tall window, you wonder how it would feel like to have someone care about you. You wonder how it would be to have a safe place to run away from everyone. How it would feel like to have someone who would hold you and kiss your face as tears pour down their cheeks? The feeling of love that you could share with another person.
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; -Jaques, in Shakespeare's As You Like It Play. We started playing as a way to find our own feet, to learn to talk, to imitate our parents and siblings, as a way to hone our skills, to get in shape, to while away extra time, to reduce our stress.
The Key To A Happy New Year
Do you have it? That thing some call the “it” factor? Apparently, I have the magical “it” factor. And I’m here to tell you that “it” is not limited to a select few. I get a lot of push back when I make this statement to everyone ranging from therapists to the spiritually aware.
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Moonlit Memories, Rainy Arguments
I will never forget the night when our love almost died. The rain hammered against the cafe window, blurring the bustling city street into a watercolor wash. Inside, nestled in a corner booth, we sat. Our silence wasn't comfortable, laden with unspoken words and the weight of a fight long gone cold.
A man who learned a lesson from a fox
A man was going to cut wood in the forest. Then heard the roar of a lion from somewhere in the forest. The man started running in fear.
Where Dreams Take Thread
The sun beat down on Accra, baking the corrugated iron roof of Abena's atelier into a shimmering mirage. Inside, amongst a riot of colors and textures, her needle hummed a steady rhythm, weaving not just cloth, but dreams. Kwame, the young drummer, was back, his worn djembe replaced with a gleaming new one, the vibrant tapestry-shirt Abena had made him now worn with the confidence of a rising star. His smile, brighter than the fabric, echoed the beat thrumming in his chest, a testament to the dream given form.
Meditation is very important. But what is meditation? We may look at meditation as this compelling thing a group of men or women from ancient Asia did in secret early in the morning or late at night beside dozens of flame lit candles, holding the palm of their hands together deeply breathing in and out for hours like some Dragon Ball Z characters to relax their minds and refill their heart and souls with good and wholesome energy.
The First light: Good Morning!
In the quietness of the early morning, as the world stirs to another day, there exists a snapshot of sorcery — a passing respite among haziness and light, where conceivable outcomes flourish and dreams take off. It is inside this hallowed hour that we track down ourselves, looking for motivation, looking for direction, and longing for association. Thus, we go to the computerized domain, where a mother lode of morning wishes looks for us, prepared to elevate our spirits and light our spirits.
Your good deeds could change the world
Every Sunday morning I take a light jog around a park near my home. There’s a lake located in one corner of the park. Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same elderly woman sitting at the water’s edge with a small metal cage sitting beside her.
Once up a time there were three monkeys. Daddy monkey, Mummy monkey and Baby monkey. They lived in a tree on the plains in Africa. There was not much to do in their tree, they were bored.
Overcoming relationship challenges
Relationships are a beautiful journey filled with love, laughter, and shared dreams. However, as any couple will attest, this journey is not always smooth sailing. Challenges, whether big or small, are an inevitable part of the human experience. In this blog, we will explore the common hurdles faced by couples and discover effective strategies for overcoming relationship challenges, emphasizing the importance of communication, empathy, and resilience.
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